My appearance on the Coach Eli YouTube Show

Just in case this doesn't go to the direct time, my piece begins at 1:41:38. Please be aware that the conversation might be triggering. An incredibly strong survivor shared her story of survival from domestic violence.

It's funny how I never considered myself a feminist until recently. When I started the rape recovery chat rooms (The Rape Recovery Forum, Rape Recovery Group on Yahoo, Male Rape Recovery Group and Secondary Survivors Group) my goal was to find a place that women and men could come together to heal. I never dreamed that healing from sexual assault would be considered anything except, well, healing. It didn't matter if you were male or female. All that mattered is that you could find comfort in networking with others who had been through similar experiences. Feminism? Utopia? No one cared what label was slapped on the idea that survivors deserved support. All we cared about was a safe place to gather.

Lately, I've even heard of the term "trigger warning" being referred to as part of a "feminist agenda". That's not so. The term was developed to help empower those who might not be ready to read about graphic incidents of sexual assault or domestic violence. But I digress...

Or do I?

There's not doubt that women's shelters came about as a result of feminism. I'd also say that feminism was combined with anger. The anger that friends, family or ourselves would be beaten to pulps should be enough to make anyone angry. Angry enough to do something constructive about it. Hence, the building of shelters and blazing a trail so that survivors could find healing.

The discussion linked below is interesting. It's politely heated at times, but intriguing nonetheless.

To see the schedule for my show, click here.


My YouTube Guest Schedule

My YouTube channel is about encouragement more than travel or reviews. Overcoming Obstacles airs on Sunday nights at 9pm Eastern, Service Dog Friday is at 12 Noon and product reviews are on Wednesday. Inspirational people are joining us to discuss their challenges. These people are survivors. Past segments include camping and bushcrafting in a wheelchair, living with diabetes, a mom-daughter duo who both have epilepsy and more. You can see all past episodes on my YouTube playlist.

We are booking encouraging people for Fall 2018. The challenges faced can be anything from getting the courage to go job hunting, raising kids, coping with a major life challenge - or the challenge of learning a new skill or hobby.

Have you faced a challenge head on or know of someone who has and wants to share it with others? Email me at gayle@gaylecrabtree.com to get the ball rolling.

Here are some of the great people that we have lined up in July. You'll find them on Sunday nights at 9pm Eastern or on Service Dog Friday at Noon. Click the links to find out more about them.


New Show!! Overcoming the Obstacles on YouTube. 

Guests who want to Be Bold! Be Bodacious and are Overcoming the Obstacles!

Wednesday, September 5 at 12:00 Noon
Misty Nights on Overcoming the Obstacles
Beating the odds

Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00 Noon
 Alexandria (Stellarpiper) Overcoming the Obstacles
Music director and musician on
Life with Epilepsy

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Sunday, August 19, 9pm
Open Chat on Original Channel
Channel Changes - No topic

Sunday: August 26, 9pm
Open Chat on Original Channel

Sunday, August 12, 9pm
Follow her on Instagram @djtoepaze
College life as an art major at a university

Sunday: August 5, 9pm
Granny Monster
Moving forward as a survivor


Sunday: July 15 at 9pm
Amber Rivers Homestead
The challenges of using solar on your home.

Sunday: July 22, 9pm
Open chat night

Friday: July 27 at 12 Noon
Sam Winter, Vet Tech
How to keep your service dog healthy in the summer

Sunday: July 29, 9pm Eastern
College Tips - Open Chat

Check back for schedule updates as they happen!



Homeless man kicked out of McDonald's in South Carolina

This video of homeless man kicked out of McDonald's in South Carolina should make anyone's blood boil. Yossi Gallo was doing the right thing. He saw a homeless man by the McDonald's and decided to buy him lunch. What he got was no Happy Meal. The police arrived before the men even got their food - food bought and paid for by Yossi Gallo. Management decided the homeless man was trespassing and wanted him kicked out of the restaurant.

A meal given to a homeless person.
Copyright: Gayle Crabtree
In the video, you can see an officer politely explaining to the hungry customer that management felt like he was trespassing. You can also see that the homeless man was being kicked out of the McDonald's before he had hardly even unwrapped his food.

Yossi Gallo becomes understandably upset when he sees his act of kindness essentially stolen from the homeless man.  Then unbelievably, the manager decides that Yossi Gallo needs to go and refuses to give him a refund.

The homeless man is in tears by the end of the video. All he hoped for was something to eat. Can you imagine his anguish? Or that of Yossi Gallo who thought he was doing something nice for a guy who is down on his luck?

Copyright Gayle Crabtree
This makes me angry.

YouTube personality Rebel State Soverign was able to sit down for a few minutes to interview Mr. Gallo. You can hear his thoughts of what went down we he too, was kicked out of the McDonald's in South Carolina.

Before you watch the video consider this:

1:7 American's rely on food pantries for basic foods. (USA Today)
500,000 people in the U.S. were homeless in 2015 (Reuters)
23% of the homeless are veterans (U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs)
89% of homeless veterans received an honorable discharge (National Coalition for the Homeless)
63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence (National Coalition for the Homeless)

Could you be arrested or fined for feeding the homeless?

25 States have at least one city where you can go to jail for giving food to a homeless person. (NPR)

Suggested reading:

What poor people really need in a food pantry box
My encounter with a homeless person at Chick-fil-A
Homeless man returns diamond ring : Lesson for us all